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6:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Explore Evangelion's ruined world in Animator Expo's seventh short

It's been two weeks since Animator Expo featured a piece that was based on an existing anime property, and the project is now ready to release another special short. This time around, Tadashi Hiramatsu's (worked on Key Animat...

Salvador GRodiles


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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 9-10 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 9-10
by Jeff Chuang

Our "imprisoned" director finds his creative spark, while Misa finds courage to get out of a prison of a different kind. A week later Aoi might be the key to help these the two to freedom, if she can overcome the most difficult task of them all. Shirobako, finally, gears up to the final episode...of Exodus.

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Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 11 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 11
by Josh Tolentino

This is the episode in which things go according to plan. Well, mostly anyway. And where things don't follow the plan, we and our heroes still come out ahead, ready for the next stage. 

So, all in all, a raid well-executed.

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Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 9-10 photo
Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 9-10
by Josh Tolentino

Perhaps I was being premature when I declared that Unlimited Blade Works had finally gotten over its tendency to swing between "boring" episodes and action-packed showcases, because the last two weeks have seen a return to that old see-saw.

The upshot is that with the plot picking up more steam and the more lumbering exposition out of the way, these humbler episodes serve as important breaks in the fighting, allowing character-driven moments and bursts of humor to enrich the story rather than bog it down.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10
by Josh Tolentino

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey. 

But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

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8:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Race through an apartment room in Animator Expo's sixth short

Well. I believe that Animator Expo's most recent short (NSFW) has broken a new record. Going by the name of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed, ...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 10 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 10
by Josh Tolentino

Are you a raider? Do you have the will, the drive, the bladder control to stomach the toughest raiding game in the MMO wasteland? Then join our guild! It's what we do! Just ask our guild master! Send him a tell!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9
by Josh Tolentino

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam". 

But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

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8:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Animator Expo's Gundam Short will please your burning soul

Right when I thought that Animator Expo was only dedicated to showcasing original anime shorts, the project's fifth piece ended up being a tribute to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam's Character Designer and Animation Director) and...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Gundam the Origin's subbed trailer shows off blue-eyed Char

In case you haven't gotten enough Char in your life from the last Gundam The Origin trailer, it's time to have some in a language you can understand! Yep, they've officially subtitled the first trailer in English, which...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Kishimoto gives us a peak behind Naruto's studio

Can you believe Naruto is really coming to a close? It seems like only yesterday the world was under a total Naruto invasion, with most people being unable to run into the spiky haired blonde ninja around every corner. Well,...

Hiroko Yamamura







Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9 photo
Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9
by Josh Tolentino

Oh geez. Everything you chalked up to mere chuunibyou in this show turned out to be really, truly, real.

I guess it's time to shut it down. Inou Battle is over.

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8:00 AM on 12.02.2014

CineGround unleashes The Akira Project's VFX Behind-the-Scenes video

It's been a good while since CineGround released their live-action take on Akira, and the team is now ready to show everyone the process behind the fan trailer's VFX designs. In regard's to the actual project itself, I agree...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9
by Josh Tolentino

Here's an MMO confession of mine: I was never much of a raider. Even as a high schooler with virtually unlimited free time, I didn't want to give that much of it to any one game, and without the social element guilds provided, the mere promise of better loot wasn't enough to get me to deal with the pressure of having to give it my all beside a couple dozen strangers repeatedly. There were other games to play, Japanese cartoons to watch, and more besides. 

Watching this latest episode of Log Horizon almost makes me wish I had done it more often. Almost. 

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4:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls begs for your love and fandom

Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero ...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8 photo
Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8
by Josh Tolentino

After harping on and on about Unlimited Blade Works "odd-numbered episode"-based sense of pacing, it seems that ufotable have seen fit to show me the boot, by implanting some of the tastiest sequences yet in this week's installment, which for all other intents and purposes serves as a pause for place-setting, punctuated by a tragedy of the highest order.

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